By Teresa Hammond
The New Year is off to a positive start for mother/daughter business duo Brenda Bergwerff and Rachelle Foster as they celebrate the second month of operating their new business.
Adorable Elite Consignment at 730 W. F St., Oakdale, is a business the duo had contemplated opening for quite some time. Hours for the business are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’d always been thinking about it, because my mother had her own consignment shop for 25 years,” Bergwerff said, noting her mother Wanda Scoggins formerly owned and operated McHenry Elite Consignment in Modesto.
The new Oakdale consignment shop hosts gently used clothing for women and teens, handbags, shoes, accessories, as well as home décor and unique items. They also offer new items by Montana West and Atlas Clothing.
“Rachelle’s always wanted to do it … do something to work around her kids,” Bergwerff continued.
With her mother at her side in the business as well as helping with the kids while she’s at the shop, the business seems to be just the ticket for Foster.
The owners first acquired keys to the building in early fall and opened their doors officially on Dec. 2. They shared they felt the West F Street location was ideal at the time, as there are limited shopping options on the west end of town.
“As soon as our doors opened they’ve just been pouring in,” Foster said of customers, as well as clients bringing in items to consign.
“Women in this area buy name brand, expensive apparel,” she continued. “We knew Tags was here and we thought it was a big enough city for two of us.”
Tags Consignment closed its doors after over a 10-year successful run in Oakdale in late December.
The consignment business model the mother/daughter team utilizes is that similar to one used by Bergwerff’s mother. Gently used items are taken in on a 90-day basis. Items are priced to sell with 45 percent of the sale going to the consigner and 55 percent going to the business. Clients are invited to use their credit toward trade either through shopping in the store or by payout. Cash is not given for items in advance of a sale. At the end of 90 days, items that have not sold are to be picked up by the consigner.
Both women shared feelings of happiness, as well as excitement for the business as they watch it grow and be well received by the community.
“I think she would be happy for us and like it,” Bergwerff said of her mother, who has passed away.
“It’s fun. I love it,” Foster said of coming to work each day. “I’ve always liked talking to people. There’s so many fun stories they have to share.”